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Shiraz: A Romance of India (1928) (U)

Shiraz: A Romance of India (1928)

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Monday 19 Mar 201814:00 Book Now
Monday 19 Mar 201819:30 Book Now

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film run time: 1h 45m

This epic silent film tells the ravishing, romantic story behind the Taj Mahal.

Based on the romance between 17th-century Mughal ruler Shah Jahan and his queen, this epic silent film is the ravishing, romantic tale behind the creation of one of the world’s most iconic structures: the Taj Mahal.


Shot entirely on location in India, it features lavish costumes and gorgeous settings – all the more impressive in this restoration by the BFI National Archive which features a specially commissioned score by the Grammy Award-winning Anoushka Shankar.


Produced by and starring Indian film legend Himansu Rai, the film is performed by an all-Indian cast, featuring Rai as humble potter Shiraz, who follows his childhood sweetheart Selima (Enakshi Rama Rau) when she’s sold by slave traders to the future emperor (Charu Roy).

It is thought that only around 25 or so films survive from the silent era of Indian cinema. This recent restoration deserved its place back on the big screen and is a gem to behold.

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